Grandmother being handcuffed
100 Grannies’ mission is to educate, advocate and agitate for the transition to clean energy. (Photo: Courtesy of 100 Grannies)
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A group of self-described “vintage-age women” are fighting to save the planet. And they’re not taking any guff. Make room for 100 Grannies.

Christenson: “100 Grannies is an organization of older women – not necessarily biological grandmothers – but women who care about future generations.”

That’s Ann Christenson, co-founder of the Iowa-based group whose mission is to educate, advocate and agitate for the transition to clean energy.

Christenson: “We work to mitigate climate change by crusading to keep fossil fuels in the ground.”

Members’ husbands are lovingly called grumpies, but they’re not allowed to join the group.

Christenson: “We felt that this is an opportunity for all kinds of women who can cooperate together. We work together I think better than we might with men.”

The group lobbies lawmakers and hosts regular public talks and film screenings about climate change.

The women also protest the development of new fossil fuel pipelines. Christenson has been arrested twice during these protests, but she remains committed to the cause.

Christenson: “We’ve got to do this for our kids, and grandkids and their kids.”

Reporting credit: Franklin Crawford/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Daisy Simmons

Daisy Simmons is a freelance writer and editor with more than 15 years of experience in research-driven storytelling. In addition to contributing to Yale Climate Connections since early 2016, she also...